July 31 was the last day to submit suggestions towards the draft new National Education Policy or NEP. As per the sources, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry received more than 75 thousand responses towards the Policy which has been formulated to refine the education space in India. The HRD Ministry had released the Policy prepared by a committee under the chairmanship of Dr. K. Kasturirangan for public consultation on May 31. The changes in the Education Policy will bring significant changes in both school and higher education among others, better governance systems and more focus on research and innovation.
These are the major changes that will come into effect with the new National Education Policy-
- Draft NEP 2019 has been already uploaded on MHRD’s website and also at innovate.mygov.in the platform to elicit suggestions from all stakeholders including the public, Government of India Ministries and State Government.
- The Finance Minister also mentioned in her Budget speech that the Government will take measures to transform the scenario of higher education to make it one of the global best education system.
- When the initial draft came out, southern political parties started protesting as the Hindi language was added and they wanted an alternative version. The previous version of the Policy encompassed of three-language formula that many political parties claimed was a means to impose Hindi in southern states.
- If the policy is approved and implemented in its existing form, school students will require to appear for a board-like examination after classes 3, 5, and 8. The reason for introducing this idea is to make these assessments formative instead of summative.
- The Policy contemplates an increase in public investment in education from the current 10% of overall public expenditure in education to 20%, over ten years.
- The Policy has indicated towards the need for talented teachers and has also mentioned that there are very few measures taken explicitly to recruit the best-performing students or those that have the skill and talent for teaching, into the teaching profession.
- The Policy in its existing version will ensure the centralization, commercialization, and communalization of the Indian education system and structures.
- The University Grants Commission and several other government bodies have asked the educational institutions to organize a series of the discussions on National Education Policy to provide their contribution in the making of the country’s Education Policy.
- As of now, the Centre is sifting through the recommendations it has received so far and will take another few weeks to make changes to the draft before it is sent for Cabinet’s approval.
Let’s wait for the final National Education Policy now and see how it can assist in revamping the education space.